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Concessions for Seniors

Age Pensioner Concession Card

This card is issued annually to Centrelink and Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) pensioners and normally entitles them to the following concessions (conditions may apply):

Energy (to cover both electricity and gas payments, including LPG bottled gas), council, water and sewerage rates (including exemption of the Save the River Murray levy), residential parks scheme, land tax, and emergency services levy - contact the SA Government Concessions Hotline, tel. 1800 307 758 for application forms or for further contact details.

Prescription medicines – subsidised medicines listed in the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Present your card when purchasing medicines at a pharmacy.

Prescription lenses and frames - through the South Australian Spectacles Subsidy Scheme, tel. 1300 762 577. Apply through a participating optometrist or ophthalmologist (eye specialist).

Public transport fares - 50% reduction when purchasing a ticket (present Card). See also ‘State Seniors Card’ below.

Pension Supplement - automatically paid to pensioners and other eligible income support recipients with their regular fortnightly payment to assist with the cost of daily household and living expenses.  The supplement combines previous pension add-ons including the GST Supplement, Telephone Allowance, Utilities Allowance and Pharmaceutical Allowance. Centrelink, tel. 13 2300 or DVA, tel. 13 3254, 1800 555 254 (Free call country callers). 

Dental treatment - available at various community dental service sites and the Adelaide Dental Hospital, tel. 8222 8222 - co-payments apply.

Medicare Safety Net – once a person/couple‘s out-of-pocket medical expenses for out-of-hospital services reach a set figure ($610.70 in 2013) in a calendar year, the Australian Government will pay 80% of any additional costs for the remainder of the year. Contact Medicare, tel. 13 2011.

Hearing tests, aids and batteries - Office of Hearing Services, tel. 1800 500 726 (free call), Telephone typewriter (TTY): 1800 500 496.

Ambulance cover - 37% discount. Tel. SA Ambulance Service, tel. 1300 136 272 (local call cost).

Driver’s licence, motor registration fees - various concessions, apply at your local Service SA office,  tel. 13 10 84

Rail tickets – Two free one-way fee tickets to stations as far as Port Augusta, Broken Hill or Bordertown (fuel surcharge applies). The free tickets are mailed annually to all card holders with their Centrelink Concession Card renewal. Additional discounts are also available from Great Southern Rail (tel. 13 21 47 for booking, details).

Dog registration - contact your local council.

Mail redirection - concession rate varies according to periodo and location. Apply at your local Australia Post office

Commonwealth Seniors Health Card

Available to non-pensioners of pension age with an annual adjusted taxable income of less than $50,000 (single), $80,000 (couple combined) or $100,000 (couple combined but separated by illness). Add $639.60 for each dependent child.

It entitles holders to:

  • electricity concessions (conditions apply)
  • pharmaceutical concessions (PBS)
  • a lower Medicare Safety Net (at the same threshold level as Age Pensioners - refer above) 
  • Residential Parks Concession Scheme
  • reduced fares (but not free tickets) on Great Southern Railway

Refer to the Age Pensioner Concession Card section above for further information and contact details.

Also the Seniors Supplement (non-taxable, indexed), paid quarterly automatically to a nominated account. 

GPs may bulk-bill cardholders as they receive financial incentives to do so from the Commonwealth Government.

For further information, contact Centrelink tel. 13 2300 or for veterans Dept of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), tel. 13 3254, 1800 555 254 (free call country callers)

Veteran entitlement cards

The Department of  Veterans’ Affairs provides eligible veterans with one of a number of ‘cards’ (Gold, White or Orange) entitling them to a range of free health services and concessions for accepted disabilities and other medical conditions. Related travel expenses may also be included. Depending upon the level of Disability Pension paid, some state government concessions may also apply. Contact DVA, tel. 13 3254, 1800 555 254 (free call country numbers).

Other Centrelink or DVA payments

Rent assistance - May be paid to Centrelink clients who rent privately and pay rent above an amount based on their individual family circumstances. Not paid to people in public housing as their rent is already subsidised. For further information contact Centrelink or DVA.

Bereavement Payments (Pensioners and Carers) - When one member of a pensioner couple dies, the surviving partner may receive a bereavement payment paid as a lump sum or by instalment. Carer payments may continue to be paid for up to 14 weeks after the death of the person in care. For further information contact Centrelink or DVA.

Bereavement Allowance - Assists the surviving member of a couple who was not receiving income support (e.g. pension, carer payment) before bereavement. The payment is subject to an income and assets test and generally payable from the date of the death of the partner for a maximum of 14 weeks. For further information contact Centrelink.

Carer Payment - For carers who are unable to support themselves in the workforce because they provide full-time care for a person with a disability in that person’s home. Carer does not need to live with the person for whom they care. Subject to an income and assets test. For further information contact Centrelink.

Carer Allowance - Available to parents or carers who provide personal daily care for adults or children with a disability or severe medical condition. Free of an income or assets test; can be paid in addition to other payments such as the Carer Payment or Age Pension. For further information contact Centrelink.

State Seniors Card  

For permanent residents of South Australia aged 60 years and over who are not working more than 20 hours per week in paid employment.
Card holders are entitled to:

- a range of discounts provided by commercial and retail businesses

- 50% concession on public transport with free travel on weekdays 9.01am - 3pm, all day on weekends and public holidays.

- 25% off all Great Southern Rail fares, tel. 1800 703 357

Concessions on council rates and the Emergency Services Levy and part deferment of council rates until property sold (charges apply) may also may be available. Note that conditions apply.

Cards are now recognised by all interstate urban public transport services and possibly by other participating businesses interstate.

Contact the Seniors Card Unit, tel. 1800 819 961 or apply online:

Personal Alert Systems Rebate Scheme 

This South Australian government program provides financial assistance for frail older South Australians to obtain a personal alert system.

The rebate is available to people who are 75 or older (65 years for Aboriginal people) and meet all the specific clinical, social and functional eligibility criteria for the rebate.

Contact Seniors Information Service on 8168 8776 or the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion on 1300 700 169, for further details.

BreastScreen SA

BreastScreen SA offers free mammograms (breast x-rays) to all women aged 40 and over. Breast screening is recommended for all women aged 50 to 69 without breast symptoms. Having a free breast screen every two years has been found to reduce the chance of dying from breast cancer by about 40%. For women aged 40 to 49 and over 70, the research is less clear about the benefits of breast screening, however they are still eligible for free breast screening. BreastScreen SA, tel. 13 20 50.

Other concessions

State Government concessions – information regarding both seniors and non-seniors concessions is available from the Concessions Hotline, tel. 1800 307 758 (freecall) or

Passports - for Australians aged over 75, a Senior's Passport valid for five years at 50% of the cost of a normal 10-year passport is available.  Contact any Australia Post office.

Funeral Assistance Program - assists immediate adult relatives of a deceased person who are genuinely unable to pay for the funeral if the person’s estate will not cover the cost. Payment is made directly to the funeral director. Contact Families SA, tel. 1800 003 305 (local call cost)

Entertainment - many clubs, cinemas, theatres and state-funded facilities such as museums offer concessions to seniors. Proof of age may be required.






Seniors Information Service is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Commonwealth HACC Program.